We’re myth busting around the SYNCRO office today, with a neat little DIY article on website speed and how to benchmark your personal website before and after your SYNCRO install.
We live in an on demand world and waiting for a website to load isn’t part of our instant gratification vocabulary, so obviously why wouldn’t you want your website to be lightning fast? Unfortunately, there are actually lots of reasons as to why it could be bogged down and more often than not they are things left to the control of your web developer, ISP or server host.
It likely won’t be the addition of a quality application such as SYNCRO or another live website chat solution that would cause the bottleneck to your website load time. We know this because we make a concerted effort to build “good” software and we also test and measure everything we do, because nerds like to know that stuff and we definitely have our fair share of those guys kicking around this office. So how can you take this little test on your own? It’s simple. With the help of Google.
We encourage you to visit Google’s handy little developers page called Page Speed Insights https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/ All you’ll need to know is your domain name and how to type and you’ll have the results of your page load time in mere moments.
For anyone who is concerned about website load time and how a tool like SYNCRO might affect how fast your site loads up on both a mobile device and a desktop computer we encourage you to visit Google’s Page Speed Insights page and do a test before SYNCRO is added to your website and then do the exact same test after the embed code has been added. It’s just that simple to find out the truth in your load time woes.
If you don’t want to use your site as a guinea pig, we totally understand (we’re against animal testing too) so we’ve given you an example below.
Take a look and let us know in the comments what kind of results you guys are pulling in.
This is a typical website using SYNCRO to field live chat to text message leads. Before we put SYNCRO into the website we did a speed test using Google’s developer tools and you can see that the website scores 69/100 on a desktop computer.
And here’s the same website a few moments later with SYNCRO now added into the mix. The site now scores one point less in the speed test with a 68/100. As you can see the difference is negligible and it is very unlikely that most humans would notice the difference in speed.
We have also included the same results for the same website but using a mobile. The same results were achieved, with a 59/100 score for the website without SYNCRO and a 58/100 with SYNCRO installed. Again, the install caused a very insignificant difference.
This difference is expected but nothing that is going to significantly reduce the load time on your website. And that friends, is a very simple DIY speed test you can perform on your website. I think Martha would be proud. That’s a good thing.